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[OPIRG-EVENTS] planning meeting tonite Tues 18: COAT Vigil for Nonviolence, Oct 6

Please join us at our next COAT meeting in Ottawa tonight, Tuesday
September 18 

We are meeting at 91A Fourth Avenue.
That's the Quaker Meeting House (just east of Bank St. in the Glebe)

Join us in making sure that our "VIGIL for NONVIOLENCE" is a great success
on October 6.  (This replaces our previous plans to hold a No to NATO:
Festival of Creative Nonviolence.")

If you can't attend tonight, please help by spreading the word to as many
individuals and groups as possible about our event on Oct. 6 and about our
online global appeal for peace. 5000 have signed so far.  Go to
<http://www.flora.org/coat/appeal/> to sign on, and read the comments from
wonderful people all over the world calling for nonviolence. Thanks!

Our next planning meeting for the Oct 6 VIGIL is on Tuesday September 25,
7:30 p.m., at the same location. 

please forward this message:

Appeal for an end to the cycle of violence!      

Saturday, OCTOBER 6, Ottawa

Join us at:

* Parliament Hill, 1 p.m.
for a Solemn Procession to
* First United Church, 2 p.m.
(397 Kent St., at Florence St.) 
for a "Vigil for Nonviolence" ]
with: Speakers, Music, Discussion groups, workshops

(at First United Church) October 6, 2 pm:

The event will be chaired by: 
Marion Dewar, former Mayor of Ottawa
Jean-Claude Parrot, Exec. Vice Pres., Canadian Labour Congress

Brief MESSAGES from:
Jen Anthony, Canadian Federation of Students
Michel Chossudovsky, author, The Globalization of Poverty
Archbishop Lazar Puhalo, Cdn. Orthodox Archdiocese, Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Carolyn Langdon, Voice of Women for Peace, Canada
David Morgan, Veterans Against Nuclear Arms, Canada
Moraima Rivera, Puerto Rican activist opposing NATO test bombing of Vieques
Dr. Gamal Solaiman, Imam, Ottawa Mosque
Richard Sanders, Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade
Laurel Smith, Homes Not Bombs
Mel Watkins, Science for Peace - Canada
Susanne Wall, Fellowship of Reconciliation - USA
Theresa Wolfwood, Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group

We will also hear from:
Helen Caldicott, of the film "If you Love this Planet" 
Arun Gandhi, founder, M.K.Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence (and grandson of
Mahatma Gandhi)
(They will join us live on the phone from Australia and the U.S.,

MUSIC led by:
Ian Tamblyn
Terry Tufts and Kathryn Briggs

Following the messages from speakers there will be simultaneous 

(1)	Organizing Canadian opposition to NATO’s war 

(2)	America at War  
	(Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, Economics, Univ. of Ottawa)

(3)	Nonviolence in Action: Resisting Canada’s Role in SDI 
	(Matthew Behrens, Homes Not Bombs)

(4)	Solidarity with Vieques  
	(Moraima Rivera, nonviolent action organizer, Vieques, Puerto Rico)

(5)	Theatre in Resistance 
	(Laurel Smith, Burning Passions Theatre, Toronto)
NATO-related meetings are being held in Ottawa, Oct.5-8.  Join us in
sending this message to NATO, our government and the public: “We are
opposed to war.  We stand for nonviolence. We appeal for an end to anger,
hatred and violence.”

This event is organized by the: Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT)

(This event REPLACES our previous plans for a "No to NATO: Festival of
Creative Nonviolence." Because of the horror of what has happened in the
U.S., our event has now changed location and tone.  We had received
endorsements for our festival from 120 NGOs in about 12 countries.  Big
Canadian endorsers were:  CAW, NUPGE, Canadian Federation of Students,
Council of Canadians, NDP-National.)

                          Richard Sanders
       Coordinator, Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT)
              A national peace network supported by 
           individuals and organizations across Canada
          541 McLeod St., Ottawa Ontario K1R 5R2  Canada
            Tel.:  613-231-3076      Fax: 613-231-2614
     Email: <ad207@ncf.ca>   Web site: <http://www.ncf.ca/coat>

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